Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he expects to play in November’s Manchester derby and could even be back well before then, possibly as soon as three weeks from now.
Speaking at the FIFA 19 launch, the injured Manchester City midfielder gave the good news that he should be back when City host neighbours Manchester United and could even be playing after the next international break when City face Burnley, Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham in their remaining October fixtures.
“I still need three, four, five weeks, but I’m getting there,” said De Bruyne, “Hopefully I can be back soon, help the team and perform well.
“I’m hoping to be back after the next international break. I think I will be back for the (Manchester) derby.”
De Bruyne was injured in training in mid-August, so the best case scenario appears to be a return after two months, similar to the long-term injury he sustained in 2016.
City have often looked blunt without De Bruyne and although their inconsistency can’t be put down solely to his absence, the 27-year-old’s return will provide a huge boost to Pep Guardiola and his team.